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California Condor Profiles and LIfe Histories
Condor #646
Sex: Female Hatch Location & Date: Big Sur, 4/20/2012 Release Date: ? Parents:  #167 and #190 Local Biological Siblings: ? Breeding Status: Unpaired Offspring: None
Condor #646 has been named "Kodama," which means "Forest Spirit" in Japanese. Kodama had the honor of hatching in a coastal Redwood nest, deep in the Big Sur forest, by the flock's dominant pair Condors #167 and #190. However, her life in the woods took a detour when she sustained a wing injury as a young chick before she could fledge. At 3 months of age, Kodama was transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo Condor care unit. Wing injuries can be quite serious for Condors, but we are happy to report that she has completely recovered.

Over the winter she was brought back to Big Sur to spend time in the flight pen with three other juveniles preparing for release. She is the only female of this cohort. Upon her release into the flight pen, she immediately hopped out of her kennel, briefly stood on a platform perch, and then took off to her next perch! In fact, Kodama seems to do most things with quick movements, from preening to playing, to checking out her new surroundings. For instance, she quickly pulled a plant from the ground that was growing in the flight pen and seemed to use it as a toy!

Kodama also likes teasing her fellow pre-release buddy, Condor #652, nicknamed "Ferdinand." She will side snuggle next to him, wait until he isn't paying her much attention and swiftly take a nip at him, then quickly move out of his range before he can retaliate. Nipping like this is part of how Condors socialize, so it looks like Kodama fits right in!

On March 25th, 2014 she made an excellent transition into the free-flying flock when she was released. Kodama's wing is in tip-top shape; she's bright and beautiful and flyin' high!

More photos of Kodama